Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Unit offers support
2023-01-31 11:58 PST
Through the Mental Health Unit (MHU), Coquitlam RCMP offers support to members of the community while working with partnering agencies. Our Mental Health Unit consists of three full-time officers who work with community members to enhance police response to mental health related reports.
MHU, with community partners, work to provide long term solutions for individuals whose mental health needs directly impact their contact with police. This is completed by identifying and assisting individuals who pose an increased risk to themselves or others due to complex mental health issues with or without addiction. These individuals could have a significant number of police contacts related to their mental health needs or high-risk incidents where mental health is a significant component.
Through a collaborated approach which includes Police and community partners, an individual specific, wrap-around resolution is created to assist these individuals in receiving appropriate support with a goal of reducing the calls for service.
View larger photo – Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Unit
We take pride in the work that we are doing with our community partners, said Corporal Scott Klein, from the Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Unit.
Since MHU’s creation, we have seen great progress with the individuals referred and their impact to the community.
Within the Tri-Cities, there are also a number of other agencies available to health those who require mental health support.
The following agencies provide services:
Short Term Assessment Response Treatment Team (STARTT)
STARTT provides short-term assessment, crisis intervention, family support, etc. to children/youth 6 - 18 years old who are experiencing extreme mental health symptoms that are interfering with daily living (e.g., self-harm, suicidal thoughts/attempts, intense anxiety/depression, high risk of harming others). Mobile outreach, open referral.
Hours: Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Contact: 604.949.7765 / 1-844-782-7811 / SMH: 604-585-5561
Tri-Cities Child & Youth Mental Health
Tri-Cities Child and Youth Mental Health provides direct or contracted therapy and assessment for general mental health issues, as well as various specialties such as trauma, eating disorders, early psychosis intervention, sexual abuse, intensive family counselling, etc.
Address: #300 - 3003 St. John’s Street Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2C4
Referral process: intake in person or phone on TUE and THURS 9 am – 3:30 pm
Kids Help Phone
They provide free and anonymous service for children and youth. Counselling and information services provided by trained counsellors. Live chat with phone counsellors and free
Always There chat app connects children/youth with counsellors
Contact : 1-800-668-6868
BC Mental Health Support Line
24 hour line for information, resources, and referrals. See 211 tab for full listing for Here to Help website.
Contact: 310-6789 (no area code)
Bounce Back Program - Canadian Mental Health Association
They provide free, online CBT-based program with different modules to help with depression and anxiety. Telephone coaching also available with family doctor’s referral. Coaching available in English, French, Cantonese, and Punjabi.
Early Psychosis Intervention
They offer clinical and group services for individuals ages 13-30 who may be developing psychosis. Open referral.
Location: 4th Floor – 260 Sherbrooke Street New Westminster, B.C. V3L 3M2
BC Schizophrenia Society
They offer information about support groups for families of those dealing with a serious mental illness (not just schizophrenia). Also provides services and information for family members.
Contact : 1.888.888.0029
The Purpose society is a community-based multi-service organization that delivers a continuum of programs to children, youth and families. Services include, Education, housing, health services, gender/race, disability, employment and housing, amongst others.
Contact: T: 604.526.2522
Location: 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, B.C.
Cpl. Alexa HodginsMedia Relations Officer
coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
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